Greens must not be allowed to hijack climate change debate: ATA

By: Jason Whittaker


Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Chief Executive Stuart St Clair says climate change decisions should be determined by serious policy work

Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Chief Executive Stuart St Clair says climate change decisions should be determined by serious policy work not by misinformed environmentalists.

St Clair’s call comes in light of comments made by the Greens that the Federal Government should scrap the diesel excise, mandate hybrid engines in all trucks operating in metropolitan areas and stop building roads.

This is despite the fact a spokesman for the Greens says the party does not know what impact such proposals will have on the industry as well as consumers.

As such, St Clair says the Greens must not be taken seriously by the Government when such issues come up for discussion.

"Australia’s response to climate change will have a major impact on our country and the trucking industry, so decisions have to be made on the basis of serious policy work, not press releases with no research to back them up," he says.

"It’s clear the Greens have no idea how much their policy on hybrid trucks would cost. They have no idea what its effects would be."

Rather than pushing poorly developed proposals, St Clair says the Greens should consult with the trucking industry to determine effective measures of reducing emissions.

"If the Greens were serious about developing policies to reduce the trucking industry’s emissions, they’d be talking to the industry about serious ideas such as using higher productivity vehicles and reducing congestion," he says.

One area the industry and the Greens agree on, however, is that by scrapping the 18.51 cents per litre excise, the Government will be forcing consumers to pay more for everyday goods.

But while the industry bases part of its argument on keeping the excise to spare families from excessive grocery bills, the Greens argue it is something consumers will just need to put up with.

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